Glenn Beck

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'Steve Bannon wants to burn it down.'

Glenn Beck is fiercely opposed to Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon—currently “on leave” from the publication—assuming any role in the Trump administration, telling listeners of his radio show today that Bannon has “a clear tie to white nationalists.”

Beck, who has recently begun to stray from his role as a right-wing commentator—by doing things like speaking thoughtfully about the Black Lives Matter movement and saying nice things about President Obama—is an outspoken critic of Bannon, who has been named by Donald Trump as a soon-to-be chief strategist and senior adviser in the White House. “He’s a nightmare and he’s the chief adviser to the president of the United States now,” Beck said on Monday.

“He’s built Breitbart as a platform for the alt-right. He is on record saying that. He’s on record defining the alt-right. He knows what it is,” said Beck. “He is a guy who wants to tear this system down and replace it with a new system. He is a frightening… No, he is a terrifying man. A terrifying man.”

Bannon suspended his role as chief executive of Breitbart News in August to become chief executive of Trump’s campaign. Bannon has been followed by accusations of anti-Semitism made by his ex-wife, who once claimed in a court filing that he “doesn’t like Jews.” 

H/T the Daily Beast

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